Acupuncture is one part of traditional Chinese medicine, a system of medicine that has been practiced for over 2000 years.
Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario are licensed to perform both “traditional acupuncture” (treating the whole person and their imbalances), as well as “clinical acupuncture” which involves muscle release or stimulation techniques and whose goal is primarily pain management. Naturopathic Doctors study acupuncture for four years as part of our post-graduate medical education.
The needles are very fine (0.2mm), sterile and single-use disposable to ensure patient safety.
Most newcomers to acupuncture want to know… what does it feel like?
It doesn’t hurt! Typically individuals feel a brief sting as the needle is tapped in because there are so many sensory receptors in the skin. Once the needle is inserted past that initial outer skin layer, the needles are often not felt at all. Normal sensations that indicate that the Qi is moving include a light dullness, pleasant tingling or slight heaviness in various parts of the body.
-Pain relief for joint pain, muscle tension, and other musculoskeletal complaints
-Mood support: eases anxiety, uplifts mood
-Relaxation and Stress Relief
-Increases daytime energy levels, benefits fatigue
-Supports IVF, fertility rates and can reduce chance of miscarriage
-Supports healthy pregnancy and birth outcomes, including morning sickness
-Useful in turning a baby presenting in a breech position
-A natural alternative to labour induction and progression
-Digestive concerns: too slow or too fast, bloating
-Menstrual regulation: PMS, cramps, heavy or prolonged flow, endometriosis, PCOS, etc.
-Cough, cold and sinusitis – encourages symptom relief and fast recovery
Essentially, any health condition or complaint can be addressed and improved (and sometimes completely resolved) with acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture appointments are 30 minutes in length and are billed as naturopathic services to be covered by extended health benefit plans (no referral required).
I encourage you to try it out for yourself!